Nebraska Freshman Senator Ben Sasse finally took to the Senate floor to give his maiden speech in the Senate.
In it, he blasted his fellow Senators for blathering too much.
See the Morning Joe summary of it here:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) November 4, 2015
Sasse mainly said what everyone knows — that Congress does a great deal of talking with out saying much. That they say what they don’t mean. That they don’t really debate much of anything.
And while he is correct, he should be skeptical of any media adulation that results. All that needs to be noted is the LJS editorial that praised Sasse for “stepping up” the dialogue when discussing who the House would choose for Speaker.
Then, less than a week later, when Sasse used some Senate rules to try to get the Admin to change on an issue — and the LJS didn’t like that he was going after President Obama — they criticized his tactics and called him “same old…”
This will happen to Sasse again as soon as he crosses someone on THEIR issue. Whether that’s press or Senator.
“We should have taken applicants.”
Speaking of “same old”, shame on Leavenworth St. for not bringing this up on Monday…
The Douglas County Board decided that they NEEDED to slam through a new Douglas County Clerk in the wake of Tom Cavanaugh’s death.
They had a letter Cavanaugh wrote recommending his administrative assistant Dan Esch for the gig.
And we read today that it was an emotional meeting, where the commissioners voted 7-0 to appoint Esch because of Cavanaugh’s wishes.
And we should feel empathy for their loss.
…as Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said,
“We should have taken applicants. We should have seen who was out there.”
Yes, they should have.
Or they should have at least used some sort of process.
Look, if Cavanaugh had just quit a year ago, would his recommendation have slammed in Dan Esch?
Would they have just taken whatever his suggestion was at face value?
Would that have been the way they operated?
Their emotion about Cavanaugh should have nothing to do with how the office is filled.
And maybe Esch IS the greatest guy to take the office.
But shouldn’t there be a process to determine that?
To find out if he is truly qualified for the job?
To find out if MAYBE there is someone who would be better, Tom Cavanaugh’s suggestion notwithstanding?
Was there a rush to have this position filled that we are not aware of?
Would the office not operate sufficiently for another month or whatever?
Oh, and guess what?
There ARE political implications in all of this.
And Tom Cavanaugh would have known that as well.
This isn’t to cast aspersions on Cavanaugh or Esch.
But Mary Ann Borgeson noted that there was a better way to go about this, and instead, for no apparent reason, it got slammed through.
The OWH has editorialized that MECA needs to be transparent.
That Charlie Janssen needs to be more transparent as Auditor.
That Tom Cavanaugh “spearheaded efforts to make government activities more transparent.”
Yet no one seems to batting an eye about the way the County Board decided on this issue.
Maybe someone can explain it to us, as we close the barn door and the horse runs away.
Dick Holland Memorial Parking Lot
Interesting reading about the razing of Jobber’s Canyon, and the laments on what “could have been” had Con Agra not built there.
But not so much lamenting on the plans to raze historical buildings… when Dick Holland’s name is attached to the new plans.
Funny how that works.
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